February 18th, 2010
Adding to the list of computer games I want to make: a turn-based monster-raising / battling game with strategy borrowed loosely from electrical engineering. Attacks and other moves are dependent on currents of magical energy that form between creatures, like personal ley lines. The lines and currents have attributes that correspond to resistance, amperage, voltage, etc. Strategy involves manipulating the battlefield to get the ideal position, finding the best path to transmit your attacks, heals, and buffs to the targets. Of course, fun will trump accuracy whenever there's a conflict there, but I think there's a possibility for an engaging game to come out of this.
February 2nd, 2010
It's been a good few days. For the next six weeks, one of the owners of the bakery I work at is on vacation in Boston, New York, London, and Paris, and I'm doing the majority of what she does. I check what bread and cookies we already have, organize them into stacks to send out to farmer's markets, see what we're missing, and write down instructions for the baker to make what we need. It sounds pretty mundane when I write it down, but it's challenging enough that I'm both entertained and exhausted by the time I get home. I'm also glad to get a close look at the inner workings of a small business; it might come in handy some day.
I'm also designing a website for an author, which is making me remember how much I like that sort of work. Messing around with color, shape and proportion always makes me happy, which is interesting since I've never had aspirations in the visual arts.
Other than that, here are things I've been doing:
Enjoying the unseasonably warm days
Watching Avatar (Airbender, not blue thingy) with Dave and Project Runway with Alia
Getting a giant chunk of free Canadian bacon
Talking with a friend about our mutual pipe dream of starting a queer-friendly fashion botique - hey, we're just two hours from Frisco, what could be better?
Realizing that instant coffee has a flavor all its own and tastes better when you don't try and imagine that it's regular coffee
Buying my fourth or fifth coffeemaker since I moved here less than two years ago
It's late, I'm going to sleep instead of writing weird stream of consciousness Livejournal entries.
January 20th, 2010
My apartment Internet is down, so I'm going to be slow to respond to emails and other netty forms of communication. Just a heads up. Also, yay public library for having free computer terminals!
January 15th, 2010
The guy who writes the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal posted a very thoughtful essay about humor, especially the question of offensiveness and using humor for social change. It's here, under the comic:
January 7th, 2010
I'm halfway through the Amber series by Roger Zelazny, and I can't recommend them enough if you're a fan of classic fantasy. The thing that strikes me the most, especially about the first book, is that he knows how to string a chain of events together so that each section is worth something all on its own, but also contributes to the big plot. Without going into spoilers, he manages to bring in scads of tired, overused fantasy tropes and add twists and details that make them compelling. It happens often enough that I wonder if he's doing it intentionally.
In Dana-related news, I'm still plowing through my bifurcating neural net project, which seems to have taken a life of its own and gets bigger whenever I take my eyes off it for a second. Serious case of feature creep, and now's the time to decide what stays and what goes. I also have the itch to work on an online game again, but I'm making myself wait until the neural net stuff is finished.
I've also started volunteering at a filer at the Center for Plant Diversity at UC Davis. I take stacks of pressed plants glued onto archival paper and file them by species. It's a good way to get a handle on plant taxonomy, and for now I'm working almost exclusively with native California species, which I like.
My New Years' resolution this year is to take care of myself better in four ways: eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water. They tend to go together: when I exercise I pay more attention to what I eat, when I exercise and eat well I sleep better, when I'm rested and hydrated I feel more like exercising, etc.
December 11th, 2009
This week I planned, picked out, and assembled light fixtures for the living room all by myself. I'm quite proud! Dave and I installed them, and now we have three little hanging lamps above the couch. They give good reading light and match our Peruvian wall hangings. Score.
I've also learned how to poach eggs, which brings me one step closer to homemade eggs benedict. Double score.
December 2nd, 2009
Today at 6:30pm I was making my way down I-80 north of Sacramento, towards two people I'd only met through Craigslist, trying to figure out how to conceal several hundred dollars in cash on my person considering the high likelihood of bra removal.
An hour later I was heading home with a wedding dress. : ) They have a very cool business selling discontinued and secondhand wedding gowns out of their house, and I got a gorgeous dress for way less than I was expecting to pay. I'm not going to post public pictures here of me in it (got to save that for the wedding!) but here's the stock photos.
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November 23rd, 2009
I have decided that in most cases, something that is either cute or delicious becomes more awesome when it's made to look like something else that is cute or delicious. Examples below the cut.
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November 5th, 2009
I haven't made a real post in a while...still here, enjoying my job as a farmer's market bread seller, but looking for something on a higher pay scale. Figuring out whether I should go back to school within the next few years, if so how I'm going to get in and pay for it, and if not what my career plan is going to be. It feels good to have some direction. I'm becoming more convinced I'd like to work with plant sciences, probably applied, probably with crops and agriculture. I'm certainly in the right town for it!
Note about wedding dress stores: I would go into more of them if they all didn't want you to make an appointment and have someone dedicated to helping you the whole time. I could see that you need someone to help you put the dresses on, since they're pretty cumbersome, but I would prefer to browse without feeling like I have to make headway towards buying something or else I'm wasting a salesperson's time.
November 4th, 2009
I really liked this comic...